The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and its rebel allies have launched multiple new military offensives against the Syrian regime. Their most significant effort is focused on the city of Jisr Al Shughur in the Idlib province.
The jihadists have established a coalition named the “Battle of Victory” to coordinate their efforts during a major push into the city. The alliance is modeled after the Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) coalition that overran the city of Idlib late last month, but includes a different configuration of groups.
In addition to the Al Nusrah Front, the “Battle of Victory” coalition includes Ahrar al Sham, Jaysh al Islam, Ansar al Din, and Ansar al Sham. Other groups may be participating in the battle as well. […]